Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – December 16th to 31st, 1961

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Free Press headline December 20, 1961. 

With some of the largest bulk carriers on the Great Lakes already berthed in Midland and Port McNicoll for the winter, the total cargo of winter storage grain aboard ships is an all-time record of 9,584,151 bushels. The huge cargo is aboard 14 ships, nine of them in Midland and five at the CPR elevator, Port McNicoll. Also expected to winter in Midland are the icebreaker Alexander Henry and the Canadian government lightship C. P. Edwards. Two new records were set at Port McNicoll by this year’s winter fleet. The Whitefish Bay, a CSL freighter, has the largest cargo ever to dock at the elevator, 768,097 bushels. The total aboard the five ships is also a record 3,455,181 bushels. Rounding out the Port McNicoll roster are the Sir James Dunn, also of the CSL line, 606,000, and three Misener Line ships, J. N. McWatters, 758,850, Scott Misener, 670,180, and the John O. McKellar, 652,054. Two CPR passenger ships, Keewatin and Assiniboia, are also laid up in Port McNicoll for the winter. Biggest total cargo in Midland is at the Tiffin Elevator, where three ships have a total of 2,047,018 bushels aboard included in the list is the John A. France with 782,755, only 35,000 bushels less than the record cargo it brought to Tiffin a few weeks ago. Other two ships are the Thunder Bay, 592,154 and T. R. McLagan, 672,111. At the adjacent Aberdeen Elevator, the Algosteel and the Algoway, have around 524,000 bushels each aboard. Midland-Simcoe Elevator has 1,941,952 bushels aboard four ships, including 477,052 aboard the New Quedoc, which was badly flooded on the weekend. Others are the Paterson, 401,767, Senator of Canada, 466,299, and the John E. F. Misener, 596,834. Rounding out the list are three CSL ships at Townhouse Elevator, with 1,615,000 bushels. Included are the Lemoyne, 514,000, Nipigon Bay, 546,000, and the Coverdale, 555,000. [Those were the days! Guaranteed work for the local longshoremen, elevator and railway workers.] 

 –  Owing to Christmas falling on a Monday this year, only one edition of the Free Press County Herald will be published next week. The regular Friday edition will be delivered to stores and by carrier to homes, Friday, Dec. 29. There will be no publication Wednesday, Dec. 27. The office and plant will be closed from Dec. 23 to Dec. 27, to allow the staff to enjoy the Christmas holidays with their families. Correspondents are requested to have their news copy in by Dec. 27 for the Friday issue. 

 –  A nine-year-old Penetang girl was taken to Penetang General Hospital at noon-hour yesterday after being struck by a car on the town’s Main Street. According to Police Chief Jack Arbour, Lynda Doyle, daughter of Mrs. Leo Doyle, ran from between parked cars on the east side of the street into the path of a northbound car driven by Emerson Maracle, Penetang. Eyewitnesses told police the driver had no chance of avoiding the accident which took place near the Rural Hydro Office, no charges were laid. 

 – Falling into 34-degree water in Toronto harbour Friday, Francis Lefaive, 20, Perkinsfield, died of exposure before fellow crew members could haul him to safety. Mr. Lefaive was a seaman aboard the freighter R. O. Petman of Canada Steamship Lines. A coal carrier, the Petman was formerly known as the Osler. On its last trip of the year, the ship was being moved to unload its cargo of coal. Mr. Lefaive who was holding one of the tie lines, fell into the water but was unable to hold on to the side of the ship until pulled to safety. Harbour police said he died of exposure. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Lefaive, Con. 13, Tiny Township. 

Firemen from Midland and Waubaushene were called out Sunday afternoon to pump out the aft end of the New Quedoc. Water completely covered the engines and valuable electric equipment by 2 p.m. when the stern sank to the bottom. Officials could not say yesterday whether or not there was much damage to the big Paterson Line freighter’s 477,000-bushel cargo. 

These five happy youngsters have just been awarded their diplomas by St Mary’s principal Rev. Sister Mary Bernadette at St. Theresa’s High School Auditorium Friday night. It was the annual music recital put on by the Grey Sisters for students taking piano. Left to right are Ronnie Lacroix, Lori Cosey, Susan Marchildon, Neil Robitaille. These four won honours. Standing back is Danny Gilbert who captured first class honours in the Royal Conservatory of Music examinations. 

 – Across Canada, the boom in motel building continues. Capital investment increased at a greater rate than revenues, however, and there is a definite trend toward providing more services, greater comfort and even luxuries for guests. Thus more motels have air conditioning, in six provinces more provide swimming pools, and almost a third offer television. Latest figures compiled by Canadian Hotel Review and Restaurant reveal 4,586 motels now operating in Canada’s ten provinces, 185 more than last year. Rental units incorporated in these motels totalled 63,677 up 4,810. 

Friday night was a big event in the lives of these Midland youngsters from St. Mary’s and Sacred Heart Schools when they were awarded their diplomas in piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, by Rev. Sister Mary Bernadette at a music recital held in St. Theresa’s Auditorium. Seen above holding their awards are front row, left to right, Leslie Ann Beaton, Joan Therrien, Anne Grise, back row, Joanne Buttineau, left, and Elaine Arbour. They all won first class honours. 

More winners  –  Left to right, Lorinda Moreau; Mary Carol Lindale, Judy Hamelin, and Mary Grace Murphy. These four copped honours in the ’61 examinations. 

These three Flyers will have to be flying high if Midland is to beat the league-leading Barrie Falcons at Arena Gardens tonight in a Georgian Bay intermediate “A” group game. Left to right are, forwards Ernie Mills, Val Walker and ’’Buzz” Deschamp. 

35 YEARS AGOA medal was presented to life saving Scout Orvel Puddicombe of Midland for saving the life of a boy from drowning at the town dock the previous summer. • • •  Dr. J. R. Parrott was elected president of the Midland Kiwanis Club with Alex Donnelly as vice-president.  • • The new pipe organ in St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Midland, was heard for the first time. • • • Total attendance at Midland’s public schools — Regent, Central, Manley, Sixth and King — was 1,580 [Yes there was a King Street public school]. High School attendance was 242. • • • George Ingram was elected president of the Midland Y’s Men’s Club. • • • Provincial Game Warden Peter Stevenson reported that wolves were more plentiful in Matchedash Township than they had been for 25 years.  • • • The provincial secretary’s department revealed that at the end of 1925 Midland s outstanding debenture debt totalled $792, 094. • • • Victoria Harbour Public School Literary Society presented a concert and play entitled. “A Poor Married Man”.  • • H. J. Barklay had arrived from St. Catharines to take charge of the Midland branch of the Bell Telephone Co. • • • Calvary Baptist Church, Midland was presenting the Christmas cantata “The Nativity”. • • • The Gidley Boat Company, Penetang, had secured the contract for building a $130,000 yacht for an Indianapolis citizen.

Bit of Fun
Wife: Don’t you think, dear, that a man has more sense after he’s married?
Husband: Certainly, but it’s too late then. 

 – In Ontario’s 79 provincial parks, the number of campers jumped nearly 50 per cent this year and the number of canoe trippers was up 62 per cent. The back-to-nature movement seems to be gathering ground. 

 – Instead of “button, button, who’s got the button”. Penetang Department of Public Works is asking, “knob, knob, who’s got the knob?” Works chairman Bernard St. Amant told council last week that at least 25 knobs have been stolen from the tops of street signs throughout the town. The signs were erected by the department about six months ago. “I don’t know how they get the knobs off, but they’re doing it.” said Mr. St Amant. Mayor Jerome Gignac asked council to consider a bylaw providing a stiff penalty for anyone caught damaging street signs. I have personally noticed the effects of vandalism on these signs, and I feel something should be done about it,” the mayor said. 

– MPDHS Hi-Sterics – Mr. Longlade is a former native of Penetang. He attended public school and high school there, and then left to attend St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto. He graduated two years ago with his B.A. During his years in university he decided to become a teacher, and to return to this district. After teaching his first year in Goderich, he was able to join the MPDHS staff. He teaches history, geography and French to Grades 9, 10 and 11. He enjoys working with young people. Mr. Longlade is married and has two children of pre-school age. He resides in Midland. – John Allen [Mr. Longlade on the right below, Mr. Keith McNally on the left.] 


These three tads from Sacred Heart School will take part in the Christmas concert at St. Margaret’s parish hall tonight. Making up an “ABC” Christmas book are, left to right, Paul Grigg, Nancy McLaughlin and Richard Milewski. 

Pupils of Midland’s Sacred Heart school have been hard at work preparing for their concert, to be held in St. Margaret’s parish hall tonight. Band quintet includes, left to right, Michael St. Amand, Neil Grant, Bill Knicely, Vincent Ellery and Tom Borsa. 

In an age-old nativity scene are Jim Legree, Norman Staruck and Jerry Robitaille. 

Little Robin Oakley, 2 1/2, seems more interested in the camera than he is the display of rare old coins in the Midland branch of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. His mother, Mrs. Glenn Oakley, a former employee of the bank, is more appreciative of the display. 

Hi mom! First baby to arrive at St. Andrew’s Hospital on Christmas Day (12:30 a.m.) was Brian Rogers. He’s a second son for Mr. and Mrs. Ruben Rogers, 282 Hugel Ave.

Members of the school board of SS 2 Baxter, are seen above with W. F. Hammell, Muskoka public schools inspector, at the official opening of the new Honey Harbour school last week. Left to right are Ivan Schlegel, Tom Hewitt, chairman J. Ross Birch and Mr. Hammell. 

Despite blustery weather, there was a good turnout for the opening of SS 2 Baxter’s new public school at Honey Harbour last week. A portion of the gathering is seen in the picture. Mrs. Rudy Woll, Mrs. Bert Wheeler, Mrs. Dave Milner and Mrs. Ivan Schlegel helped serve coffee, sandwiches and cake to visitors. 

Some 20 of Midland’s senior citizens were treated to a Christmas luncheon and party at the Midland YMCA last week. Mrs. George Stephens is seen above serving one of the tables. The senior citizens’ service is sponsored by the YMCA. 

County Herald headline of December 22, 1961. 

A $10 boost in the per pupil grant for elementary schools is estimated will save Midland-Penetang tax-payers about $34,000 next year. This figure is based on $20,000 for Midland, and $14,000 for Penetang public and separate schools. The increase from $5 to $15 was announced by Ontario Premier John Robarts in the legislature this week. 

Carols spreading the Christmas message were sung by combined Brownies of 3rd and 4th Midland packs Wednesday and Thursday evening. Sweetly intent on their song service to Midland shoppers in Edwards Specialty Shop are Dianne Johnston, Cheryl Mann, Virginia Fuller, and Gwen Webster. 

Three proud boys are Danny Contois, Bobbie Cruise and Paul Butineau, all Grade 5 students at Sacred Heart School, shown here with a Nativity scene made of plastic pellets. The mosaic type work took them over two weeks to complete and is on display at Ellison’s Electric, 259 King Street, Midland.

Midland youngsters brought almost 600 cans of tinned goods to the Roxy Theatre last Saturday. The tins bought their admission to the cartoon show and will also provide food for needy families in the area at Christmas time. The tins will be distributed by the Salvation Army. Boys in picture above are Peter Miller, Norman Launder, Charlie Launder, Randy Scott, Doug Atkinson and Earl Scott. 

Under the direction of Sister St. Bonaventure, the 28 voices of St. Theresa’s High School senior choral group are seen above singing the age-old carol ‘Joy To The World’ to an appreciative audience in the school auditorium last Friday night. The group sang at a music recital put on by the Grey Sisters where diplomas were presented to students in Grades 1 and 2 piano taught by Sister St. Bonaventure. 

Pupils of Regent School had their turn to cheer this week when they won Elmer, the safety elephant, for the next three months. Sgt. Ernest Bates is presenting Elmer to Ian Dalrymple, while Principal M. O. Lewis stands by. Ian gives his classmates a closer look amidst deafening cheers. 

Free Press headline of December 29, 1961. 

A coroner’s jury in Midland Thursday found Mrs. Eileen Marshall, 40, of Toronto, acted in self defence when she shot and killed Earl Edward Nash, also about 40, in a Tay Township farm house Dec. 9. The jury reached its decision in 32 minutes after hearing evidence for nearly three hours. Attired in a green dress, the slightly-built blonde woman bore up well as she told in detail the events which Crown Attorney W. M. Thompson characterized as a “reign of terror” to which she was subjected for three days. 

Midland was one of the few areas in Southern Ontario over the holiday weekend with enough snow to provide good skiing and Midland Ski Hills did a bumper business with both local members and hundreds of visitors. Three Midland girls seen at ski rack above are, left to right, Bonnie Bray, Peggy Krochko and Jane Edwards. 

As they have for several years, members of Midland Lions Club spent Christmas Eve distributing large hampers of food to a number of needy homes in the town. In this photo, left to right are Walter Turnbull (Bud), Jack Truscott, Alex Craig and Charlie Kay, ready to take off with a load. Checking parcels in photo 7920 are Hugh Riesberry, Frank Spence, Lloyd Murday, Dan Nicholls and Jack Frame. 

How to get there and back safely is one of the things members of Midland Power Squadron learn in their advanced pilotage course. In the upper picture, left to right, are George Oliver, instructor, Mrs. Jim Playfair and E. B. Kendall, district training officer. Plotting an imaginary course on chart in the lower picture are Jack Pettigrew, Earl Cumming, squadron training officer, Rev. F. E. Sullivan, Dr. F. J. McCurry, Dr. Barry Boyd, Cecil Crealock and Mrs. Bill Mohan. 

“Make it snappy with the pictures, I’m hungry”, says little Mary McIntaggart, one of three babies to arrive at St. Andrew’s Hospital on Christmas Day. Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Michael McIntaggart of Lindsay Street, she’ll have three brothers and a sister.

Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – December 8th to 15th, 1961

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December in North Simcoe and the newspapers are full of election promises, campaign ads and thank-you messages. Most merchants are advertising heavily, churches are holding Christmas concerts and plays. Ships are laying up for the winter and the first snows have arrived.

County Herald headline, December 8, 1961 –Speaking at Tiny Township nomination meeting Monday, Reeve Montcalm Maurice predicted a drop in the mill rate for the county levy next year. “We are at the end of our building program, and this should reduce considerably the amount required by the county,” he stated. Reeve Maurice is also Warden of Simcoe County. 

Free Press Herald headline, December 13, 1961 – Midland council Monday night ordered its solicitor Douglas Haig to start expropriation proceedings immediately against Joseph Kerbel of Toronto. Mr. Kerbel had refused council’s offer of $500 for property registered in his name on Borden Street, he is asking $1,650. The town sold the property to Midland Shearlings Ltd. for $1 plus $26.55 registration and bylaw costs in 1951. 

County Herald headline, December 15, 1961 – Midland council was told by Town Engineer Ulo Luksep Monday the beam holding the easterly wall of the Huronia Museum has rotted away. The information was contained in a report made by the engineer after a preliminary inspection of the building December 5. He recommended the building be closed to the public until a detailed inspection can be done next year. 

    School safety patrols in Midland will not get under-way until January. This was decided at a meeting of the new safety council with school board, teacher, police and other representatives at the Municipal Building Tuesday. This decision was taken when Lou Hodgson, representative of the Department of Transport, said his schedule would not permit him to return to Midland before Dec. 18 to help set up the patrols. Members felt it would be better to leave the matter until the new term Jan. 2. Alderman William Thompson, who chaired the meeting, said 11 intersections had been decided upon as requiring school patrols. Three of these, Sixth and Hugel, Sixth and Yonge, and Russell and Yonge, will have adult guards as well as school-boy patrols. To be manned entirely by schoolboy patrols are the following: Seventh and Hugel; Russell and Elizabeth; Manly and Elizabeth; Elizabeth and William; Russell and Ellen; College and Ellen; Ottawa and Sixth; and Victoria and Fifth. [Girls were not included because ….?] 

    A University of Toronto graduate in civil engineering and a former construction superintendent with Toronto Township PUC, Ulo Luksep has recently been appointed Midland town engineer. Mr. Luksep came to Canada from Estonia in 1948. He is married and has a two month old son. His family is expected to take up residence here shortly. 

    Dear Editor: The Globe’ and Mail on Monday reported that there are now a dozen artificial and eighty natural ice rinks operated by the city of Toronto. Midland, as far as I know, has only one artificial ice surface and this must serve the needs of all the hockey players, figure skaters and pleasure skaters in town. This it cannot possibly do. There are many people, adults and children, who would like to make more frequent use of the arena but the time is not to be had. Some have been told already that the demands for ice have been so great that they will have to wait until the New Year before ice can be assured them. Surely, a town in the snow belt of Ontario and considered by many a winter playground can offer more than that. We believe it is up to the town council to serve all citizens, young and old. The reasons that justify public parks and swimming grounds should justify public skating areas. What better skating area can anyone suggest than Little Lake Park. Here is an ice surface to accommodate hundreds, if need be. In a setting of great natural beauty. With road access, change rooms, coffee shop already available we have a winter playground that could with little maintenance afford us considerable pleasure. Such a playground would, no doubt, on weekends attract as many visitors as our ski hills have been doing. The possibilities are enormous.
[Portion of a letter to the editor by Perrie Rintoul] 

    The quietness of the farm community of Vasey was shattered on the weekend with a lurid story of abduction and violent death. Earl Nash, 40, Toronto, a part-time car salesman was shot six times and died on the kitchen floor of a deserted farmhouse at the junction of Con. 7, Tay, and County Road 23. Wielding the gun was Mrs. Eileen Marshall, 40, who had been abducted from a Scarborough home Thursday by Nash and three companions. According to press reports, Nash, the father of six children and separated from his wife, and Mrs. Marshall, also separated, had lived together for some time. Later this year, Mrs. Marshall left Nash. In October, failing to get her to go back with him he struck her several times, breaking her jaw. Nash was to have appeared in court Friday on an assault charge, with Mrs. Marshall as chief witness. On Thursday, she was kidnapped by Nash and two companions who forced their way into her sister’s home at West Hill. The three men tied up the other woman, stole $7 and left with Mrs. Marshall. Leaving Toronto, the men drove north, stopping in Elmvale for groceries. From Thursday night until her escape Saturday morning, Mrs. Marshall told police she was in constant fear of being killed by Nash, who kept a revolver pointed at her most of the time. He also threatened to kill her by tying her to a tree, pouring water on her, and leaving her to freeze to death, the Toronto woman told police. On Saturday morning, police were told, Nash put the gun, a 32 caliber revolver, down for a moment to get something from his club bag. Mrs. Marshall made a desperate lunge for the gun, got it and kept pulling the trigger as Nash moved towards her. All six bullets hit Nash. 

    A motion passed by Midland Council Monday night stated no person receiving welfare benefits will be allowed to drive a car. Anyone applying for welfare assistance will be required to turn in their licence plates and ownership certificate for themselves or any dependent. 

   Stating that it was a recommendation of the Department of Municipal Affairs, Mayor Jerome Gignac Monday night asked council to pass a resolution calling for tenders to demolish the buildings on the P. Payette Co., property in Penetang. “I am very concerned with the condition of the building and the fact that children are playing in it and could get hurt.” he said. 

    Built in near-record time, the new $60,000 public school of SS 2, Baxter, Honey Harbour, was officially opened by J. H. Kennedy, assistant superintendent of Ontario elementary schools, Wednesday, afternoon. Chairman of the Baxter school board, J. Ross Birch acted as chairman for the opening program. Other members of the board are Ivan Schlegel and Tom Hewitt. Mrs. R. R. Wilson, Midland, is the secretary and Mr. Wilson the treasurer. Teachers at the two-room, electrically-heated school are Mrs. George Grise, principal, and Richard K. Rendle. 

    A record number of carloads of Christmas trees were shipped from the Penetang CNR station this year according to agent E. J. Levesque. Mr. Levesque said 89 cars of trees left here during the shipping season with practically all going to USA points. The three farthest points on the list were Gulf Port, Mississippi; Montgomery, Alabama; and Oklahoma City. Mr. Levesque said pulp shipments have also added to the local revenue this year with a large number of carloads being made to Thorold. [Christmas trees were also shipped from Midland.] 

    Dr. P. B Rynard, M P. Simcoe East, said yesterday that Midland Plastics Limited had been awarded $15,304.24 contract by the Department of Defence Production. It is understood the contract calls for the firm to supply more than 1,000,000 plastic buttons. The contract was awarded Dec 5.  

DUSOME — To Mr. and Mrs. George Dusome, 48 Fifth Street, Midland, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Saturday, December 2, 1961, a daughter.
FORGET — To Mr. and Mrs. Martin Forget, West Street, Penetang, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Monday, December 4, 1961, a son.
LAURIN — To Mr. and Mrs. Marcellin Laurin, RR 1, Perkinsfield, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Monday, November 20, 1961, a son.
LeCAMP — To Mr. and Mrs. Leo LeCamp, 55 Poyntz Street, Penetang, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Monday, November 27, 1961, a daughter.
MAURICE — To Mr. and Mrs. Fernand Maurice, RR 3, Penetang, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Wednesday, November 29, 1961, a daughter.
NAHUIS — To Mr. and Mrs. Antonios Nahuis, RR 3, Elmvale, at
Penetanguishene General Hospital, Thursday, November 30, 1961, twin sons.
ROE — To Mr. and Mrs. Peter Roe, Wyevale, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Monday, December 4, 1961, a daughter.
SIBBALD — To Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Sibbald, Elmvale, at Penetanguishene General Hospital, Sunday, November 26, 1961, a daughter.
MORRISON – To Mr. and Mrs. Robert Morrison, 56 Hambly Street, Toronto, at Toronto East General Hospital, Sunday, December 3, 1961, a daughter. 

Dr. J. D. McPhee, Port McNicoll and George G. Johnston, Minesing, topped the polls for the Progressive – Conservatives in the provincial election in Simcoe East and Simcoe Centre respectively. • • • Despite ever-rising costs, Simcoe County Children’s Aid Society was meeting with success in its endeavors to live within its budget, according to Port McNicoll Reeve, Albert Calvert, chairman of the CAS finance committee. • • • Dr. Paul Scott, director of Simcoe County Health Unit, stated that neither Midland’s water supply nor milk distribution was responsible was for the “jaundice-like” malady which had brought sickness to many Midland children and some adults. • • • Three new switchboards had been installed at the Midland telephone exchange. • • •  Midland voters authorized a quarter million dollar debenture issue to finance new facilities at St. Andrews Hospital. • • •Elected to council were Charles Parker, mayor; W. Herb Taylor, reeve; Wm. H. Keller, deputy-reeve and Clint Smith, Charles Onley, Wm. Logan and Wm. Wilcox, aldermen. • • • Penetang Chamber of Commerce were requesting the town council  inaugurate one-hour parking on the streets in the business section. • • • In Penetang’s municipal elections, acclamations were given to George Kerr, mayor; Alf Cage, reeve and Archie Vernier, deputy-reeve.   • • • George Richardson was re-elected Worshipful Master of LOL 947, Midland. • • • Midland’s Santa Claus parade was sponsored jointly by Midland merchants and service clubs. 

Acclaimed Reeve of Port McNicoll for his 14th term, Albert Calvert is seen (right) in the top picture, signing papers for clerk B. J. Brownell.  Council and school trustee nominees seen in the lower picture,  include Tim Lewis and John Kent (seated) and (standing) Robert J. Young, John Maxwell, Robert Smith and Henry Valcheff. There was a good turnout for the nominations despite poor weather. 

Smiles were much in evidence, Monday night, when Midland Aldermanic candidate William Thompson celebrated his Ward 2 victory. Seen here are some of the people who helped Mr. Thompson achieve success at the polls. They are, (left to right), Doug Gerow, Mrs. Ron Mink, Mr. Thompson, Mrs. Ernie Mink, Ron Mink and Ernie Mink. 

Eleven-year-old Ruth Reynolds answered the door to Eileen Marshall after she had escaped from her abductor Saturday morning. Mrs. Marshall waded through knee-deep snow to reach the Reynolds’ home and blurt out her story. Willis Reynolds told police when they arrived minutes later at his neighboring farm looking for kidnapper Earl Nash and two companions, that Mrs. Marshall was safe.                      Eileen Marshall, 40. Toronto, is led from OPP office in Orillia by Det. Sgt. Irvine Alexander of Metro force after telling police she shot Earl Nash (inset), 40, six times. He and two other men kidnapped her last Thursday. Nash held her prisoner in farmhouse near Vasey for three days under the threat of death. She escaped through bathroom window to a neighbouring farm after shooting Nash.

“LOOK OUT BELOW, here we come,” say Norman Launder, front and Brian Hobbs, as they enjoy the first tobogganing of the year at Midland’s Little Lake Park. Hundreds of kiddies were out with sleighs, skis and toboggans on the weekend. 

Before yesterday’s rain, there was some pretty good skiing around Midland, following Friday’s snow storm. Pushing their way through about a foot of snow above are Sandra Nesbitt, left, and Joan Howard. 

First heavy snowfall of the season hit North Simcoe Friday, bringing, as it always does fun for the kids and work for their elders. There is no doubting how Jennifer and Jim Jeffery feel about the foot-deep white mantle.

There were more ‘players than fans’ at the Victoria Harbour nominations Monday night, when only 13 persons turned out. Some of the candidates seen above include, left to right, seated — Mrs. Mel Robertson, Ernest Cadeau, returned by acclamation as reeve, clerk James Heels, Wilfred Savage, 23 years a member of Harbour councils; standing Oliver Savage, William Grigg, Mel Robertson, Don Eplett, Herbert West and Dickson Brown. 

Most of the fire-works at the nomination meeting at Port McNicoll Wednesday night were provided by Cyril Larkin (seated), seen talking with councillor John Kent. Mr. Larkin threatened an injunction against the village if his nomination for council was not accepted. 

This big, three-panel mural, lends an attractive Christmas touch to the lobby of Midland’s Roxy Theatre. It’s the work of pupils of Regent Public School. The theatre hopes to make it an annual event, with different schools participating each year.

The young voices of Brownies will ring out in carols during Christmas week at Edwards Specialty Shop and over radio CKMP. Under ‘Brown Owls’ Mrs. Jim Lemieux and Lieut (Mrs.) William Johnston, the girls are the combined packs of 3rd and 4th Midland Brownies. Back row are the leaders of both groups. 

Built in near record time, the new $60,000 public school,  SS 2 Baxter, Honey Harbour, was officially opened by J. H. Kennedy, assistant superintendent of Ontario elementary schools, Wednesday afternoon. Chairman of the Baxter school board J. Ross Birch acted as chairman for the opening program. Other members of the board are Iven Schlegel and Tom Hewitt. Mrs. R. R. Wilson, Midland, is the secretary and Mr. Wilson the treasurer. Teachers at the two room, electrically heated school are Mrs. George Grise, principal, and Richard K. Rendle. 

There’s little resemblance between the spanking new SS 2 Baxter and the “Little Red School” Dr. P. B. Rynard, MP (seated) went to as a youngster. “Or in the books, either.” added Dr. Rynard. Looking on are Lloyd Letherby, MPP, and Mrs. Letherby, Coldwater, and Mrs. Rynard. They attended the official opening of the new school at Honey Harbour Wednesday. 

Almost everybody likes money, but there is a special treat for the rare or old coin fans at the Midland branch of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce this week. The circular “coin” on this panel, for instance, is made of stone and is called Yap money. Some of these Caroline Island coins measured as high as 12 feet across and weighed up to five tons each. 

Mrs. Verna Marchant, Bell Telephone employee, is featured in an advertisement reminding subscribers that staff will be on duty to handle their holiday phone calls. 

First invitation bonspiel of the season was held by the ladies of Midland Curling Club this week. Winner was a Midland rink skipped by Mrs. Fred Hobbs. Left to right are Mrs. J. E. Maseles, Mrs. Ken Ellis, Mrs. Hobbs, and Mrs. Don Simpson. They defeated Mrs. Frank Bray’s rink of Mrs. Bruce Holt, Mrs. Frank Powell and Mrs. Ross Thompson 7-4, in the deciding game.

Huronia Museum – Looking Back 60 Years in North Simcoe – December 1st to 7th, 1961

The photos found in this blog post are the property of Huronia Museum, Midland, Ontario. Any reproduction for commercial use without permission is prohibited.  Any other distribution must credit Huronia Museum.  Please contact the museum with any questions you may have. 

County Herald headline of December 1, 1961.

Midland district was put back on the national and international ski jumping map this week. Pete Pettersen, a leading figure in skiing circles on both sides of the Atlantic, told this newspaper yesterday he had purchased for an undisclosed figure the five acres of property west of Midland on which are located the junior and senior ski jumps. Mr. Pettersen also revealed that he had obtained long-term leases on another 17 acres of property in the fields at the foot of the jump hills. This property will be used for parking facilities he said. Idle since the International invitation meet in August, 1957, the jump structure itself has weathered well, Mr. Pettersen said. He feels it can be put in tip-top condition with a few minor repairs, which will be carried out next week. The facilities are to be known as Midland Ski Jump, owned and operated by Mr. Pettersen.  Mr. Pettersen said he also was pleased that Chris Foster and his associates would be operating other skiing facilities— the downhill and slalom slopes —adjoining the jump property. Assisting Mr. Foster, owner and operator of these facilities will be his son and son-in-law G. Goldsmith. Mrs. Foster and her daughter will operate the ski chalet and the refreshment booth. 

     The parking area at Penetang dock should be adequately lighted next year with work proceeding on installation of two large lighting standards. Concrete bases have been poured and cable laid under the pavement for the lights. Another part of the same contract held by Patenaude Electric is installation of 110-volt outlets for visiting cruisers. Existing outlets on the dock are 220-volt and few cruisers are equipped to utilize this heavier service.

    Lloyd Letherby, MLA Simcoe East, revealed this week that improvements to Highway 501, between Port Severn and Honey Harbour are to be carried out. Mr. Letherby said a sharp knoll, near the Honey Harbour school, is to be corrected within the next few weeks. He said this hazard had been pointed out to him by Father Burke of Honey Harbour.

    Largest cargo of grain ever to enter the Bayports, 782,791.8 bushels of No 2 northern wheat arrived in Midland yesterday in the holds of the John A. France, of the Scott Misener Steamships Ltd., it will be unloaded at Tiffin Elevator. The huge cargo was 5,000 bushels above the previous record, 777,400 bushels of winter storage grain in the Murray Bay last year. Albert Hill, superintendent at Tiffin, intimated it might take until early next week to unload the France. At present there is room for some 500,000 bushels in Tiffin and about 140 box cars will have to be loaded to make room for the balance of the France’s cargo.  Shortage of box cars is a big problem for Tiffin at the moment, Mr. Hill said. There are quite a few ships at the Lakehead ready to bring grain to Georgian Bay ports if there were room in the elevators. Prospects of a large winter fleet for Midland and Port McNicoll are good this year, according to Mr. Hill, who expects at least three of the largest bulk carriers will spend the winter months alongside Tiffin.   


Editorial page photo entitled “Across the Wye River”  Photo is of the trestle on the CNR line into Penetang, south of Wyevale.

Free Press Herald headline of December 6, 1961. 

In one of the closest fought mayoralty contests in Midland’s history, Monday, incumbent Charles Parker edged Herb Beauchamp by 101 votes. Mr. Parker received 1,425 and Mr. Beauchamp 1,324. Four members of this year’s council went down to defeat. Reeve Percy Crawford; Deputy-Reeve, Mervin Grigg; and Aldermen, Albert Atkinson and Oliver Lesperance.    Midland Fire Chief Arnold Tippin estimated $800 damage was caused by a “Molotov cocktail” fire bomb thrown through a bedroom window at the home of Robert Carson, 80 Montreal Street, Saturday night. It started a fire in the bedding and caused considerable smoke damage. The incident happened at about 8 p.m. Mrs. Carson had left home a few minutes earlier with her oldest son, William, 17, who was taking part in a play at Midland – Penetang District High School. At home were Danny, 14, who was acting as baby-sitter, Stanley, 13 Roberta Joyce, 8, Randy, 5, and Janice 2. 

Midland’s YMCA Young Men’s Club were preparing for their second annual ice carnival reunion party between Christmas and New Years. * * * Rev. A. E. W. Ingram, rector of St. Mark’s Anglican Church, was elected president of Midland Kiwanis Club with V. G. Edwards as vice-chairman. * * * A program of slum clearance to provide employment and a national system of unemployment insurance was advocated by Harry Murphy, president of the Ontario Federation of Unemployed when he addressed a meeting of the Midland Workers’ Association. * * * A. J. B. Gray, supervisor of the Ontario Department of Municipal Affairs, endorsed a recommendation of the Midland Chamber of Commerce to employ an industrial commissioner. * * * Midlander’s Lorne Lockhart and Chris Gardner were among the 300 ex-soldiers and nurses invited to a reception in Toronto to meet Lady Astor at Government House. * * * A deer visited Midland after crossing the bay ice and jumping up on to the town dock. Loping up to Bay Street, it was finally frightened away by workmen at the Midland-Simcoe Elevator. * * * Plans were being made for Midland’s first winter sports carnival with chamber of commerce and ski club members co-operating in preparation of the program. *  * * Through the efforts of Midland’s Dr. D. C. S. Swan the British Consols Athletic Club of Toronto decided to sponsor Junior and Intermediate hockey teams from Midland in the OHA hockey race. * * * The new Midland ski jump, on “the mountain” cost more than $900 and a public subscription was being taken to defray the cost. 

   Start of a face-lifting for the Grew Boats Ltd., property adjoining Penetang docks is well underway with a new office building nearing completion. The new 24 by 30 structure is located south of the present  office and showroom building. When complete it will have a stone front with sides and back stucco finished. Andy Morrison, general manager, said the new building will contain two private offices, large general office, and wash rooms on the main floor. The present office building will be torn down and levelled off. 

Players on Penetang’s intermediate “C” hockey team are being offered a hat by Mayor Jerome Gignac for the first one pulling a “hat trick.” Left to right, kneeling, Martin Forget, Terry Pike, Larry Merkley, Harvey Jackson, Charlie Scott; standing, Larry Bellisle, sec.-treas., Rene Lesperance, ass’t. mgr., Jerry Murphy, Alvin Robillard, Jerry Gerow, Mayor Gignac, giving the hat to goalie Harvey Benoit to hold for the winner, Al Jensen, Dave Culbertson, “Pit” Maurice Legault mgr., Harold Jackson, trainer, Murray York, playing coach. (Photo quality was poor from the negative.) 

A smiling Bill Thompson is seen with wife Barbara after being re-elected alderman in Ward 2 in Monday’s elections. Mr. Thompson defeated Don MacEachern by 101 votes to retain his seat. He polled 333 votes to Mr. MacEachern’s 232. 

Chairman of the Midland Recreational Council, Doug Gerow, right, is pictured above receiving cheque for $200 from Lions Club member Charley Kay. The money will be used to help Little NHL hockey in the Midland district. Each year the Lions donate toward some project sponsored by the Recreational Council. 

Some of the fifteen North Simcoe girls who won county honours for completing six 4-h Homemakers Club projects during the year are seen above during achievement day at EImvale Saturday. Left to right in the upper photo are, Heather Dobson and Betty Austin, Eady; Miss Peggy Hunt, county home economist; Rosemary Buchanan, Vasey and Susan Pottage, Hillsdale. In the lower photo are Mrs. Don MacDonald (seated), Lynda Corlett, Waverley, Wilhelmina and Lennie Noordegraaf, Edenvale, Sharon Leonard, Wyevale South. Margaret Hancock and Marion Bell, Van Vlack. Mrs. MacDonald was presented with a 10-year leadership diploma. 

It’s a long way from the forward end of the John A. France, where this picture was taken, to the aft end. Here the two legs of Tiffin elevator start the long task of removing a record 782,791 bushels of wheat from the holds of the 700-foot Scott Misener freighter. 

Piled high in the hold, this wheat is part of the record cargo brought to Midland Friday by the Scott Misener Line’s John A. France. Tiffin elevator employee is lowering the “leg” which contains the buckets that move grain from ship to storage bin. 

The John A. France docked at the Tiffin Elevator. She was built in Montreal in 1960, bought by Algoma Central Marine in 1994 and renamed Algoriver, laid up in 2000 at Montreal, scrapped in Turkey, 2002. (How many Midland youngsters have jumped off that cement wall, I have.)